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Clint Eastwood and Beyonce may team up for a classic remake

By Kim Morgan Jan 21, 2011 10:00AM
Lovers of classic movies are going to flip their lids over this one: Clint Eastwood may direct Beyonce in a remake of "A Star Is Born."

Now, before everyone loses it, remember that the 1937 Janet Gaynor-Frederic March picture, directed by William Wellman, has been remade two other times. One of them, the most famous, with Judy Garland and James Mason, was directed by Vincent Minnelli, and the other, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, was directed by Frank Pierson.

The latter, which almost starred Elvis Presley (who would have been perfect had the Colonel not halted the very idea), was something of a disaster.

And besides, it's more about the male co-lead. Who could successfully play the former-star wash-up? MC Hammer? Axl Rose? Eddie Murphy?

Here's the news:

"Clint Eastwood and Beyonce may be teaming up to make a musical version of 'A Star Is Born.'


"Warner Bros. confirms that the two are in negotiations to remake the 1937 classic.

Eastwood is in talks to direct, while Beyonce, who has been attached to the project for some time, would star.

"Set to produce are Billy Gerber, Basil Iwanyk and Jon Peters, who made the 1976 version of the film with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.


Cinematical considers

By Kim Morgan Jan 21, 2011 9:38AM
Cinematical looks at the women of Sundance. Some returning, some new to the Festival and some, like Jill Sprecher, awesome.

Here's more:

"Another Sundance is almost upon us, the time of year when the who's who of Hollywood hit the snow and slopes of Utah to bask in freezing temperatures and some of the most noteworthy fare in indie cinema. This year marks the return of Miranda July, her first feature since the highly regarded 'Me and You and Everyone We Know,' and sees last night's Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier bring her winning feature -- 'In a Better World' -- stateside for its U.S. premiere.

"However, per usual, female filmmakers might make up close to half of the documentary selections, and have a decent number of shorts screening, but they're hard to come by in the world of narrative features -- especially premieres for higher profile films. (There are only 2 out of 16 female-directed films in the premieres selection, for example.) But let's not go by the numbers and fall into a ranting vortex of aggravation. While they are, for sure, an important part of the cinematic equation, there's some killer female talent at this year's fest that deserves some attention.

"Hit the jump to feast on 10 premiere female filmmakers of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival."

Take a look at 'Scream 4'

By Kim Morgan Jan 20, 2011 7:16PM
Here's an exclusive look at "Scream 4" featuring Courtney Cox  and David Arquette. The "Scream 4" trailer will debut tonight, on Entertainment Weekly.

The movie, which also marks the return of one of the ultimate "Final Girls," Neve Campbell, also stars Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and Adam Brody, among many others.


Redford's Sundance Press Conference

By Kim Morgan Jan 20, 2011 6:17PM
Robert Redford's Sundance press conference was reflective, looking at the past and thinking towards the future. He even pondered his longevity -- stating, to some shock, that though he hasn't thought of retirement, one day he is "going to die."

He also had to bring up that horrible person, pastor Fred Phelps, who plans to protest Kevin Smith's "Red State." Readers, no matter what you think of Smith, you know the director will have something in store for the man, and I cannot wait to see what it is.

Also, I plan on handing Phelps a daisy and a copy of Pasolini's "Salo" if I see him.

But enough about that nut-job (Phelps, not Smith), let's get back to classy -- Robert Redford.

Here's The Province on Redford's press conference:

"Robert Redford says it's been a long haul, but 30 years into his job as de facto shepherd of the independent film herd, he's just as committed to the mission he started with at the beginning.

'Thirty years ago, I wanted to create a place and a space for independent artists to develop their voices . . . and I still am. That's what Sundance is all about,' Redford said, addressing a half-filled Egyptian Theatre for the opening Sundance Film Festival news conference.

The actor-director and activist says he hasn't lost any of his passion for what he started in his own backyard, and even though he's approaching his 75th birthday, he hasn't thought of retirement.

"The very question of 'retirement' sent a chill through the room and prompted festival director John Cooper to make a comic attempt to flee the room.

"'I'm going to die . . .' said Redford, without finishing the sentence. He didn't have to: His very presence on the stage at the venerable Egyptian was a statement in itself about the way Redford has used his own celebrity, sex appeal and smarts to push and showcase the work of new artists who might otherwise get lost in the maelstrom of Hollywood product.

"When asked if he felt Sundance was now bearing an unfair weight of responsibility in bringing the bullhorn to those without a voice, he said the festival isn't out to push one point of view over another.

"'On a personal note, obviously, political activism has been a part of my life and part of the films I try to make. But we (at the festival) don't focus on any one theme or another,' he said.

'We don't take any ideological stance. . . . I'm anti-ideology. Our work tries to transcend politics one way or another. Whatever side you're on, we try to show stories from every part of the country, and so red state, blue state doesn't mean a whole lot to us.'

"Redford's answer was partly in response to a brewing fracas over Red State, a new film from indie darling Kevin Smith (Dogma, Chasing Amy, Clerks), which has already activated certain groups in Utah to stage a protest on the day the film screens.

"Controversial pastor Fred Phelps is currently lobbying for a civic permit to set up a protest in Park City. According to Cooper, Phelps and his group have always seen Sundance as a moral threat because the festival programs gay and lesbian content.


'The Iceman' grabs a great cast

By Kim Morgan Jan 20, 2011 6:03PM
More Franco! And more killer Franco. First, The Night Stalker, and now "The Iceman."

And, yeah, yeah, I love Franco. But dig this entire cast. Michael Shannon and Benicio Del Toro? Let's throw in Nicolas Cage with Werner Herzog directing, and we've got a Kim Morgan Dream Movie.

Here's more from TheWrap.

Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro and James Franco have signed onto star in the mob-killer biopic "The Iceman," according to a joint announcement put out by the film's co-producers, Millennium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment.

"Shannon will play the role of real-life hitman Richard Kuklinski, who confessed to over 100 contract killings, many of them involving his signature disposal method of freezing the remains.

Del Toro will play Roy Demeo, Kuklinski's mob employer, while Franco will take on the role of fellow contract killer Mr. Softee. Ariel Vromen will direct a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Land.


Let's celebrate with his best movie

By Kim Morgan Jan 20, 2011 5:52PM

In honor of David Lynch's birthday (he turns 65), let's look at his best movie: Mulholland Dr.":

David Lynch gets America. America the beautiful, America the bizarre. We can discuss how "weird" he is, how inscrutable his movies can be, how much he loves oddly conceived babies, oddly shaped humans, oddly pale-faced Robert Blake, oddly obsessed Crispin Glover and his "lunch!", but the man gets what drives our subconscious, our sweet dreams, our nightmares.

So naturally, Lynch understands one of the oddest cities on earth -- Los Angeles. With his brilliant, labyrinthine "Mulholland Dr.," a movie that started out like a jilted starlet (it was an axed TV pilot) he digs underneath our peculiar Hollywood system -- a system that pedals dreams, desire, sex, money, magic -- dreams that have the ability to spread like a celluloid sickness all over America (especially during the 2000’s. Did he know how prescient he was going to be?). Through the bright-eyes of innocent Betty (Naomi Watts, in a career defining performance), a starlet seeking fame in La La land, he presents a twisted, romantic, funny, terrifying and deeply emotional mystery involving a gorgeous amnesiac, a monster behind a diner, a persona altering box, a pair of elderly folks who slither under doors, and a director who answers to a dwarf, a mobster and a cowboy. And let’s not forget Coco.


A nice profile on the interesting director

By Kim Morgan Jan 20, 2011 5:47PM
Since I have such strong, multi-faceted feelings for the great "Black Swan," the news that Darren Aronofsky is not what you might think, in person, is of no surprise to me.

And "The Price is Right" is of no surprse to me. Didn't anyone Ellen Burstyn's drug induced TV episodes in  "Requiem for a Dream"?

The Independent goes into it:

"Most people familiar with the director's work would choose another word: obsession. His latest picture, the ballet thriller Black Swan, sees a crazed Natalie Portman driven to madness and violence in pursuit of dance perfection. Melodramatic, sumptuously photographed, and with lesbian sex scenes to leave audiences breathless with outrage or excitement, it is likely to win Oscar nominations for both its star and its director.

"Yet Aronofsky's private life is currently about as blissful a place as his prima ballerina's dressing room. As he was making the aforementioned flop in 2005, he became engaged to Jackman's co-star, Rachel Weisz; their son Henry was born during post-production. Just as he's produced a hit, however, the couple have announced their separation, and she is now dating Daniel Craig. Before their split in November last year, Weisz insisted, "In life, [Darren] is very light-hearted. His favourite TV show is 'The Price Is Right.'"

"His films make that claim somewhat difficult to believe."


Sony nabs Morgan Spurlock's newest doc before it shows at Sundance

By Kim Morgan Jan 20, 2011 5:42PM
Wow, but maybe not such a big wow. A buy before the movie shows at Sundance. But it's a Morgan Spurlock documentary, he's popular, and the content appears interesting (I haven't seen the movie yet), so this seems like an easy one.

Here's more from The Hollywood Reporter:

"Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Morgan Spurlock's 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,' it was announced Thursday by SPWA president Steve Bersch.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Sony was in active pursuit of the meta-docu which looks at product placement, branding and advertising in entertainment, with an eye toward making a pre-emptive buy before the movie's world premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.
"Sony Pictures Classics, Sony's specialty division, will release the film in the U.S. in April.
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